Thomas Dekker

(1572-1632 / England)

Cradle Song - Poem by Thomas Dekker

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise ;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.
Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,
You are care, and care must keep you ;
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
Rock them, rock them, lullaby.


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  • (2/18/2017 8:06:00 AM)


    The lines
    Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,
    You are care, and care must keep you
    are worthy of Shakespeare: the sentiments expressed and the use of 'care' thrice in three different meanings is a remarkable feat, combining feeling with virtuosity.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010



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